On not being typecast into another ‘Harry Potter’ role: “Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again. I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt… I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it’s a really big character.”
On playing Nicki – one of the fame-obsessed teenagers that robs the homes of celebrities: “When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it. Everything that I felt strongly against — she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realised that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.”
On preparing for her bad girl part: “I was doing an English course [at Brown University]. So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to [watching] Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of super-high and super-low culture. I think it was a nice balance.”
The British GQ issue comes out on April 4.